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Sign Up Soon For Wheat Ridge Police’s Popular Dog Walker Watch Class, Dec. 11

The Wheat Ridge Police Department launched a new program last year called National Dog Walker Watch designed for dog walkers to help deter crime in their neighborhoods. The next Dog Walker Watch training class is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the police department, 7500 W. 29th Ave.

The free class is open to Wheat Ridge residents and dogs must be licensed. Space is limited, so register soon.

“Who better to know what’s going on in a neighborhood than someone who walks through it every day,” said Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennen. “This training class offers residents education on how to identify suspicious behavior and when it should be reported to police. Residents and their four-legged friends walk the neighborhood sometimes multiple times a day, and if something or someone is out of place, they will probably recognize it sooner than a police officer on patrol. If your instincts are telling you something doesn’t look right it probably isn’t.”

The Dog Walker Watch Training is designed to help increase awareness for suspicious behavior or activity and determine what should be reported to police. Dog guardians/owners who attend training (dogs can stay home) will be presented with a certificate signed by Chief Brennan. Those participating in training will also receive a special scarf for their four-legged companion to wear as they “patrol” the neighborhood on their daily walks identifying them as an Honorary WRPD K-9.

According to the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA, there are more than 75 million dog owners across the nation. Dozens, if not hundreds, of neighbors are walking their dog throughout the community at all times of the day, all days of the week, in all weather conditions. Dog Walker Watch encourages these neighbors to assist local law enforcement as extra eyes and ears while out walking their dog. The program enhances the partnership between police and community while providing resources so neighbors can be more aware and learn how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity.

Pet guardians/owners can register for the WRPD Dog Walker Watch training class at ci.wheatridge.co.us/WRPDDogWatch.

Milling Demo, Holiday Market at Four Seasons Market

Four Seasons Market, 7043 W. 38th Ave., will host a variety of special events in the coming weekends.

Want to see how to mill your own flour at home? Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Paul Lebeau, president of Wolfgang Mock, Inc., will demonstrate how his company’s Mockmill works with a variety of grains and other millables, and share why people make flour at home.

Four Seasons will celebrate its third anniversary the following Saturday, Nov. 24 – Small Business Saturday – from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a dish to share at the potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m., or the potluck dessert at 12:30 p.m. There will be door prizes, a scrapbook to share your memories in, and more.

The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will take place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, as part of the City of Wheat Ridge Holiday Celebration. Vendors will offer offering a range of wares, from T-shirts to handmade pillows, from alpaca wool scarves and socks to Victorian jewelry, from greeting cards to gift baskets of locally produced food.

Native Bees, a bee-house-building workshop, takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. till noon; fee is $25 per house, registration required. Music performed by Adam Peake with Oak can be heard from 12:30 till 1:30 p.m.

Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market is open year round, Market Days every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Open Shop Days Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m.

Find more information or RSVP at www.fourseasonsfam.com.

Milling Demo, Holiday Market at Four Seasons Market

Four Seasons Market, 7043 W. 38th Ave., will host a variety of special events in the coming weekends.

Want to see how to mill your own flour at home? Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Paul Lebeau, president of Wolfgang Mock, Inc., will demonstrate how his company’s Mockmill works with a variety of grains and other millables, and share why people make flour at home.

Four Seasons will celebrate its third anniversary the following Saturday, Nov. 24 – Small Business Saturday – from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a dish to share at the potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m., or the potluck dessert at 12:30 p.m. There will be door prizes, a scrapbook to share your memories in, and more.

The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will take place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, as part of the City of Wheat Ridge Holiday Celebration. Vendors will offer offering a range of wares, from T-shirts to handmade pillows, from alpaca wool scarves and socks to Victorian jewelry, from greeting cards to gift baskets of locally produced food.

Native Bees, a bee-house-building workshop, takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. till noon; fee is $25 per house, registration required. Music performed by Adam Peake with Oak can be heard from 12:30 till 1:30 p.m.

Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market is open year round, Market Days every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Open Shop Days Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m.

Find more information or RSVP at www.fourseasonsfam.com.

Caroling, Cookies and White Elephants At Baugh House, Dec. 8

Wheat Ridge Historical Society will host its second annual holiday celebration event on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the historic Baugh House at 44th and Robb Street.

Folks are invited to “bring your singing voice, packaged cookies and a white elephant gift to exchange with your neighbor” at the Society’s monthly Second Saturday event.

For more information, visit WheatRidgeHistoricalSociety.org or e-mail WRHistorical@gmail.com.

Final Fall BYOB(ook) Book Groups Meet At Local Breweries, Dec. 10 & 12

The season’s wrapping up for Jefferson County Public Library’s new alternative take on the traditional book groups. BYOB(ook) Group is a monthly, themed book group meeting at Westfax Brewing Company, 6733 W. Colfax Ave., in Lakewood, on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and a second group at Wheat Ridge’s Colorado Plus Brew Pub, 6995 W. 38th Ave., on the second Monday.

People come prepared to talk about books that fall into the given theme in a casual setting and enjoy happy-hour prices, then leave with book recommendations for the rest of their fall reading.

The final date and theme at WestFax is Dec. 12, a book with a cover you hate.

The Wheat Ridge group’s final date and theme is a book of 21st-century poetry, Dec. 10.

Visit jeffcolibrary.org for information.

Don’t Be A Victim Of Porch Piracy This Holiday Season

The Wheat Ridge Police Department is warning all that “Porch Pirates” are out to ruin the holidays by stealing packages left by delivery services on the front porch. To scuttle these scallywags’ shenanigans, WRPD offers the following tips for ways to secure mail and packages this holiday season:

  • USPS offers email notification for mail and packages that are arriving. Sign up for these alerts and ask a trusted neighbor to retrieve them until arriving home.
  • Have the post office hold packages and pick them up when convenient.
  • Ask employers to use the office address for package deliveries.
  • Drop bills or gift checks being mailed to family off at the post office
  • Don’t leave bills, and other packages in the mailbox with the flag up – that’s just an invitation to thieves.
  • Be alert. Report to local law enforcement any suspicious behavior, strangers or cars that don’t belong in the neighborhood. Write down the license plate number or take a photo of cars that aren’t familiar or that appear to be watching homes in a neighborhood.